It seems like every year or so the question, Should Microsoft Buy RIM, gets tossed around and eventually makes it way around the web. This year All Things Digital stirs the pot.
While Microsoft tirelessly argues that Windows mobile software is on many more phones around the globe than that of competitors, the challenge is clear externally–and internally, if you listen carefully to the griping about the company’s mobile strategy, which one exec there recently admitted to me was an “embarrassment.”
This is why All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher says that Microsoft may be better served by buying one of the big and more established telecom companies like Research in Motion. The fact that many sources around Microsoft are stating that Steve Ballmer has on many occasions expressed interest in buying RIM probably has a little bit to do with it as well.
We’d like to hear what you think…
That would counter my argument that Google actually would probably benefit the most to buy BlackBerry.
1) They get a tried and true manufacturer and innovative push architecture which can leverage Google’s push software aka Google Wave
2) Google instantaneously makes huge inroads to corporate, government local, state, and federal, and international awareness with the inroads RIM has made selling handsets internationally.
3) Google already has your data, RIM is the only one who can see your data through their NOCs
4) RIM and Google are not inherently competing against each other. RIM needs to focus on being a services company, they’ve pretty much perfected the communication device everything else is bells and whistles.
I would never a Blackberry again if Google bought RIM.
I hate the lackberry but even I wouldn’t wish Microsoft on RIM.
why are you here ??? You are starting to get really lame ?? i mean you aren’t even trying to hide the fact that u are trolling !!!
What they didn’t like you on the apple blog sites so you decided to come here ..
Such a loser .. i bet you used to get picked on by all the other kids when you were in school.
Why don’t you read what I said you moron. I actually am agreeing with the overwhelming majority of the people taking this poll.
Typical lackberry user…
you are a fony, just like your namesake…. what exactly is the point of using a contemptuous handle as you did?
ur a Trojan jackass 🙂
Even if Microsoft has some sort of intention to buy RIM, the execs at RIM wouldn’t allow it. RIM is already strong and #1 when it comes to smartphones, why on earth would they need anything from Microsoft? Maybe some sort of deals with Microsoft in terms of software and exchanging services on both platforms, but I highly doubt it will reach to an acquisition.
I agree… There is no logical reason why RIM would sell to Microsoft. RIM is the #2 smartphone maker worldwide, and #1 in North America. Besides, Microsoft already owns Danger, the company that makes the Sidekick.
If MS buys RIM they (MS) will impose all their internal red tape on RIM which will slow RIM down and tie their hands. Leave RIM room to grow on its own!
they would bring some mature ‘manage-by-process’ experience….
Slow RIM down? You mean they’d get slower?
Hands off RIM! Microsoft should buy Palm.
RIM is too costly for Microsoft to purchase at this point. From the perspective of Microsoft, this should have been done years ago. It is too little, too late.
Rim isn’t for sale… and microsoft would have to pay a lot to get them. They have 5 of the top selling phones in north america, if mircosoft was going to buy anyone it would make way more sense to buy nokia or motorola which are less prominent in the NA market.. on the non Iden side…
Google should buy it and replace the aging BB OS with Android. Android + Push = WIN!